The St George’s Mathematics department has 10 fully qualified teachers, each with their own mathematical skills. With highly experienced Pure, Mechanics, Statistics and Further Maths specialists as well as examiners among the team, it is no wonder that Mathematics is the most popular subject at A Level.
Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that permeates all walks of life. We use a variety of teaching styles and resources to ensure that our students are fully engaged in their learning and enjoy the subject at all levels.
Throughout the school, students learn through a combination of class teaching, investigations, puzzle solving, use of ICT and set exercises from text books and work sheets. They are tested regularly – usually every Half Term – to monitor their progress through the topics.
At Key Stage 3, students study the new National Curriculum, centred around the five main pillars of Number, Algebra, Ratio & Proportion, Geometry & Measure, and Probability & Statistics. In each of Year 7 and 8, the topics are split in to six units – one per half term with each unit building on the last in terms of complexity and depth.
Year 7 students are set after Autumn Half Term; setting is initially based on data gleaned from a test sat just before October Half Term, Key Stage 2 results, and general work during the course of the half term. Each student’s setting is then constantly monitored and reviewed, with a full formal review at the end of each academic year. Moves between sets normally occur at the end of a term, although may take place during a term in the case of new students or exceptional circumstances.
Our Key Stage 4 GCSE classes commence in Year 9. Our students prepare for the OCR specification at Higher or Foundation, which builds on the topics studied at Key Stage 3. The top Mathematics set also studies for the OCR Free Standing Mathematics Qualification in Additional Mathematics. This course provides a good introduction to A Level and covers four areas of Pure Mathematics – algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus – each of which is supported by a branch of Applied Mathematics.
For Key Stage 5, our Year 12 and 13 students study the OCR Linear syllabus for A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Few realise that Mathematics is offered as a single subject, part of a joint degree or is a vital part of 422 degree level courses in Great Britain alone. Earnings potential has also been found to be far higher than students without an A Level in Mathematics. It encompasses and is involved in subjects from Geography to Finance, from Physics to Oceanography, from Astronomy to Ecology and in understanding objects from Airplanes to Silicon Chips. As a consequence, it can be considered as one of the most useful, most diverse and most powerful subjects that can be taken at this level and that it is contained and used in a wide variety of careers.
Our department are passionate about Maths and we always try to pass this on through teaching and the activities that we arrange for students – whether it is the Puzzle Challenge Day for Year 7’s, the Maths Challenges or Maths Olympiads celebrating success with photographs and certificates. We encourage attendance at competitions and lectures and have been rated as one of the top Mathematics departments in the County.